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Bermuda-registered ship christened by Kate

A new member of Bermuda’s own shipping registry was christened yesterday.

It was a major media event with the Duchess of Cambridge christening the Bermuda-registered

Royal Princess, breaking a bottle of Champagne on its bow in the traditional manner before bowing out of public life ahead of the birth of her baby, which is expected in mid-July.

Media reports said the duchess was under scrutiny for any hints about the baby during her last solo public engagement yesterday when she launched Princess Cruises' new 3,600-passenger vessel

Royal Princess in Southampton on England's south coast.

Wearing a black hat and Dalmatian print coat, the duchess was careful to give nothing away after a slip in March when she accepted a teddy saying: "Thank you, I'll take this for my d.."

Rupert Adams from bookmaker William Hill said this dropped "d" led to such wide speculation that the baby was a girl that it suspended all bets on gender just weeks later while rival bookmaker Paddy Power paid out on bets that it was girl.

The Duchess of Cambridge officially name the new Royal Princess cruise liner at a gala ceremony - a new member of Bermuda's shipping registry. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)

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Published June 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm)

Bermuda-registered ship christened by Kate

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